PROVIDENCE R.I. (WPRI) – A federal judge in Providence has granted lawyers permission to question Nathan Carman about weapons he purchased in New Hampshire in connection with an insurance claim on a mysterious sinking of a boat in 2016.
Carman, 24, of Vermont, was not in court on Tuesday, but his attorney argued against a motion to compel him to answer questions about the 2013 firearms purchase. The weapons were bought at “Shooters Outpost” in Hookset, NH weeks before the murder of his millionaire grandfather in Connecticut.
John Chakalos’ killing remains unsolved.
Carman’s family has accused him of killing Chakalos and his mother, Linda, who disappeared off the coast of Rhode Island in 2016. Carman and his mother left on a fishing trip from Ram Point Marina in South Kingstown around midnight on a Saturday. Their boat experienced trouble and sank.
Carman was rescued eight days later off the coast of Martha’s Vineyard, his mother was never found.
The vessel’s insurance company is fighting the $85,000 claim on the boat arguing the sinking was no accident.
On Tuesday, U.S. District Court Magistrate Judge Patricia Sullivan denied the motion before the court to compel testimony from the defendant, but advised the plaintiffs to file a motion to extend discovery instead.
This would allow insurance company attorney David Farrell to depose Carman again, so they could ask him about the purchase of a Sig Sauer rifle from the New Hampshire gun shop.
“We are not displeased by the results,” Farrell said after the hearing. “We’re making progress.”
According to court filings, Farrell said he wants to ask Carman “what he did with the rifle after purchasing it, did it kill his grandfather, why was it not found by search warrant, what has happened to it, how long did Nathan Carman possess it, and where is it now.”
In allowing the questioning, Sullivan said Carman has the right to refuse to supply answer by pleading his 5th amendment rights.